1 A staff for travelers (Gen 32:10; Mark 6:8). 2 An instrument for punishment; it was used by a father to punish his son (Prov 13:24; Prov 22:15) or an officer to beat a prisoner (Matt 27:26; 2Cor 11:25). 3 A symbol of authority (Judg 5:14; Gen 49:10). Moses’s rod was a symbol of his office and evidence of the divine authority for his actions. With this rod Moses performed wonders (Exod 4:1-5; Exod 7:8-24; Exod 14:16; Exod 17:1-7). When there was a dispute over the authority to lead the people, Moses placed Aaron’s rod in the tabernacle along with others; Aaron’s rod budded and produced almonds, signifying the authority vested in his line. 4 Something used to measure distances (Ezek 40:3; NRSV: “reed”). 5 A shepherd’s rod (Ps 23:4), a type of club used for defending the flock; by contrast, the staff (in the phrase “rod and staff”) is a longer rod or pole upon which the shepherd could lean or with which he could guide the flock.

Gen 32:10

10I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jor ... View more

Mark 6:8

8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;

Prov 13:24

24Those who spare the rod hate their children,
but those who love them are diligent to discipline them.

Prov 22:15

15Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy,
but the rod of discipline drives it far away.

Matt 27:26

26So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

2Cor 11:25

25Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea;

Judg 5:14

14From Ephraim they set out into the valley,
following you, Benjamin, with your kin;
from Machir marched down the commanders,
and from Zebulun those who bear th ... View more

Gen 49:10

10The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
until tribute comes to him;
and the obedience of the peoples is his.

Exod 4:1-5

Moses' Miraculous Power
1Then Moses answered, “But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’ ”2The Lord said to ... View more

Exod 7:8-24

Aaron's Miraculous Rod
8The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,9“When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a wonder,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw ... View more

Exod 14:16

16But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground.

Exod 17:1-7

Water from the Rock
1From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, bu ... View more

Ezek 40:3

3When he brought me there, a man was there, whose appearance shone like bronze, with a linen cord and a measuring reed in his hand; and he was standing in the g ... View more

Ps 23:4

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

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